Justice is being served to one of the unlikeliest of candidates.
West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been arrested and faces 22 federal counts of making false statements, witness tampering, and fraud.
The Irony of It All
In 2006, Justice Loughry penned “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.”
One would expect the author of such a book to be untouchable.
That is obviously not the case with Loughry.
How It Started
Loughry is yet another high-ranking public official who thought he was above the law.
After a massive and very expensive makeover was ordered for his own office, people started asking questions.
A local ABC affiliate started checking into the $363,000 renovation and it was not long before Loughry was put on the hot seat.
Loughry, during interviews about the renovation, tried to make it seem as though he had nothing to do with the actual ordering of the renovations.
The investigation found differently, and his house of cards started to fall.
The shock of a state Supreme Court Justice swept through West Virginia.
Not surprisingly, voters were shaken and started to lose faith in the system.
Governor Jim Justice did his best to reassure voters that although Loughry was clearly a bad apple, he does not represent others in office.
“They don’t need to lose confidence over bad actions from a player that was significant in our government,” the governor stated.
No offense to the governor, but words are cheap.
Over the last year, we have seen a boatload of politicians and judges being ousted and/or sent to jail for corruption or abusing their office in one way or another.
When Trump said he was going to drain the swamp, it is unlikely anyone foresaw the actual depths of it.